13 NOVEMBER 2017
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A pledge by Heathrow to create jobs “in every corner of the UK” took on solid form last week when more than 200 local SMEs attended the airport’s 21st annual Business Summit.
Bidding to join the airport supply chain both now and during future expansion, attendees were told by Heathrow chairman Lord Deighton: “Nothing exemplifies our common interest in making the local area around Heathrow the very best it can be than us all coming together to highlight the opportunities available.”
The summit connected the SMEs directly with Heathrow’s biggest suppliers as they shared their expertise in attaining contract opportunities. Heathrow has also launched a programme to encourage businesses to hire more apprentices.
The Department of International Trade also attended to give businesses expert advice on how to take the first steps towards exporting products with the help of the UK’s only hub airport.
These one-to-one meetings come as Heathrow moves forward with its expansion plans, which it says will mean an economic boost of up to £211bn, 180,000 jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships.
The airport says engaging with a wider supply chain is key to achieving those ambitions and will help to ensure Heathrow delivers a legacy of increased construction productivity for future generations.
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